One day I went for a run. While I was running I found this small piece of paper on the ground.

I almost ran right past it but I decided to pick it up. After I opened it up, I was a bit surprised.

I felt lucky, and decided to take it home. On my way home, my mind was racing trying to think of what I would spend my new-found fortune on. Nice dinner? Rent payment? New running shoes?

The Solution

My final decision was simple. I would use the money to help other people. The next week I took the money to the bank which was offering a special $100 bonus for opening a new account. I turned my $100 into $200 overnight. I decided to help 100 different people at $2 each to help make their day and spread the joy that I originally felt.

This began what I call the 101 Happy People Project


I bought 20 snack packs for a little over $5 and shared them will all my classmates on the last day of school.


  1. I really liked reading your blog. You have done some nice things for people. You have inspired me to try to do nice little things for others.

  2. Read your story to my seminary class. Later that day one of the students found a bag of Skittles in the vending machine. He remembered your story from earlier and instead of eating them himself he decided to share them among his friends. He said it made him fill good to do something for someone else. Thanks for the inspiration and example.